What to carry for a gorilla trekking safari?
Gorilla tracking is an adventurous but yet strenuous activity that involves moving through the thick and muddy paths in the jungles and therefore you need to be well prepared for the experience. Listed below is what you should carry for a gorilla trekking safari.
Hiking boots. Pack a pair of high quality hiking boots since the gorilla trekking activity involves hiking/climbing hilly areas within the forest and the paths may be muddy due to the unpredictable changing weather conditions. The hiking boots should be light and comfortable.
i) Water proof jacket/ Rain jacket. The tropical forests receive rain throughout the year, so you are advised to water proof jacket while packing for your safari.
ii) Long sleeved shirt. The long sleeved shirt help to protect the skin from forest insects.
iii) Trousers. Long water proof trousers are recommended since they can be tucked into the socks to avoid forest insects from getting in touch with the body.
iv) Garden gloves. The garden gloves safeguard your hands from being pricked as you hold onto plants and tree branches during the gorilla tracking activity.
Water proof bag. The water proof bag keeps equipment safe from rain water or mist while in the forest.
Hat and sunglasses. For protection against the direct sunlight especially when tracking during the season.
A pair of binoculars. As you walk through the forest in search of the mountain gorillas, you may be able to catch sight of other wildlife species such as forest elephants, monkeys, a number of bird species. All these can be clearly seen with a pair of binoculars.
Camera with extra batteries. One of the important things not to forget on your pack list is a good camera and extra batteries so as to capture pictures of the gorillas and all the memories to be made while tracking. Please note that while capturing pictures of the gorillas, the camera flash light should be turned off so as not to agitate the gorillas.
Packed lunch. The gorilla tracking experience time period is uncertain, it could take between 2 hours to a whole day walking in the thick forest and locating the gorillas. You should therefore have packed lunch and drinking water as you head out for the activity from the lodge.
Having the proper clothing while preparing for a gorilla trekking safari is essential. This is because it eases the tracking activity while maximizing the most of the experience.